Save the Date: Silver Sunday – 7th October 2018

Silver SundayA day of free events and activities for older people.

Silver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. Led by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, it celebrates the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation. Everyone can get involved, whether that’s organising an event, spreading the word, or simply attending an activity. The next Silver Sunday is on 7 October 2018. To find out more and register your interest please click here.

This is a special day for older people to get involved in community events and activities to bring back some of the traditional community spirit. It’s also a small thank you for your contribution to society. Joanna Lumley, OBE FRGS. Actress, author & activist

lt is so important that older people feel included in London’s communities. That is why I support Silver Sunday and hope that you all have a wonderful time celebrating the valuable contributions that older people make. These contributions span not just London but up and down the UK. In a city as large as London there is no need for older people to ever feel lonely or isolated but sadly some do. As Mayor, I want to make sure that everyone is engaged and active in their community – young or olderSadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Live in West Berks and want to save money on your energy bills? Sign up to the West Berkshire Energy Switch!

ElectricitySee if you can pay less for your energy bills and have the chance to win a year’s free energy by signing up to the West Berkshire Energy Switch

Its 5 years since West Berkshire Council’s switching partner iChoosr began running collective energy switches in the UK, and they are fast approaching one million registrants in the UK. To celebrate, the one millionth UK registrant will win a year’s free energy.The winning registrant must go on to switch supplier and this will be up to the value of £1,135 (this is based on the Ofgem average of dual fuel, direct debit and available paper tariffs from the six large suppliers at February 2017).

The West Berkshire Energy Switch is a free to join scheme which gives residents the chance to see if they can make savings on their fuel bills by registering to take part. A one day reverse auction will be held on the 22nd May, where suppliers compete with their best offers, the winning supplier/s then send registrants their personalised offer for consideration.

There is no obligation to switch. Sign up and see if you can save; to register or find out more, visit

You will need to have your latest energy bill to hand, as you’ll need the details during the registration process.

Registration is open to all, so tell your friends and family. Register by midnight on Monday 21st May to be sure of taking part.

West Berkshire residents without internet access can contact West Berkshire Council on 01635 503267 to register – remember to have your energy bill or annual statement to hand when you call.

Calling All Neighbourhood Planning Groups – exciting event taking place at the University of Reading

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Are you engaged in neighbourhood planning and reached at least pre-submission stage? Do you want to share your first hand-experiences of the process, learn from others and help to inform and enhance neighbourhood planning in the future?

If so, then you will be interested in attending the free Neighbourhood Planning HIVE event which is taking place at the University of Reading on Wednesday 6th June 2018.
The event will bring together groups from all over the country to share their first-hand experiences of the process. This will enable you to not only learn from others but also to help and enhance neighbourhood planning in the future.

The full-day event will be led by Professor Gavin Parker and his research team who are actively involved in researching participation in planning. The event will be designed specifically to address emerging issues from those engaged in the process with the agenda and format of the day to be shaped by those attending. This will ensure it provides the best learning value as it meets your needs and priorities.

A practically useful report will be produced quickly and shared shortly after the event – which will provide on the ground practical advice to help you progress your plan.
The event is free to attend and we do hope you can join us.

Places are limited and a pre-qualification questionnaire will be required.
For more information and to register your interest visit
If you have any queries about the event contact us at


Job Vacancy: Educator @ Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley

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Part-time, term time only (0.6 – 0.8)

Salary: £19,250 – £19,820 (pro-rata)

A rare opportunity to join our team of Educators in the delivery of specialised health, well-being and drug education programmes to primary aged children throughout Thames Valley/ North Hampshire.

Ideally resident in the Reading area, you will preferably have recent experience of working with young children and knowledge of and an interest in health, well-being and drug issues. A flexible approach is required as the days worked each week may vary.

Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley is a charity working with schools and the community to help children make informed healthy choices and stay safe.  Educators use positive and dynamic teaching strategies and specially designed visual aids and models to make children aware of the wonders of the body and how to look after it. The fun, age-appropriate and memorable programmes are primarily delivered in purpose built mobile classrooms.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo and pass an intensive three month training course and be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Visit for information pack.

Closing date Wednesday 23rd May. Interviews w/c 28th May 2018. 

Applicants must have eligibility to work in the UK and a full UK driving licence.

Charity Number: 1071094

Funding Update – May 2018

PRS Foundation: The Open Fund for Organisations

The Open Fund for Organisations supports new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups.
Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.

Support is available to any organisation whose project fits with all three funding priorities:

1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre. We are particularly interested in the quality of the music.

2. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential. We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved. We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds.

3. To inspire audiences. You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level.

Through The Open Fund, they support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.
The next deadline is 6pm on Monday 11th June. 

National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants

National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants offer awards of between £500 and £3,000 towards small, urgent maintenance issues or repairs which reduce the need for – and long term costs of – building repairs.The next deadline will be 23rd May 2018 for a July 2018 decision.

Woodward Charitable Trust

Applications will only be considered if they fall within the following areas:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders. Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported, as well as requests to help prisoners’ families.
  • Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting.
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled.
  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.

Types of grants: Small grants, £100-£5,000 (around 100 grants made per year). Charities should note that only nine grants for £3,000 or more were made in 2014/2015.
Large grants, over £5,000 (around five grants are made per year). Large grants are only given to charities known to the Trustees.

Children’s summer playscheme grants £500-£1,000 (about 50-70 grants made per year). Applications for these are made separately and considered in April each year. The charities annual income should be under £100,000.

Sport Relief Safe Secure Settled Fund

Sport Relief have launched the Safe, Secure, Settled fund. This initiative will invest in projects that are using sport to improve the lives of young people without a safe or secure place to live, helping them to gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives.

Eligibility Comic Relief welcomes proposals from organisations registered in the United They will consider work that supports children and young people aged up to and including 25. They will also consider family-based interventions where the majority of beneficiaries are under 25.

They are looking for creative approaches to support young people without a safe or secure place to live. All proposals must use sport as a tool for social change in their approach.

They are looking for work which can make a meaningful change to the lives of young people who are without a secure or safe place to live. They want to hear from organisations who can demonstrate a deep understanding of what makes a positive difference for young people in this situation in their local context.

They expect that projects will contribute to a minimum of one of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education
  • Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment• Children and young people increase life skills*
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice
    *e.g. Money management, daily living skills, legal rights, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, assertiveness, empathy, coping with stress, trauma and loss, resilience.

    How Much? Applications for minimum of £100,000 and maximum of £500,000
    DeadlineMidday, 14th June 2018
    More Information: 

Retain the Game

The Football Association and Football Foundation have launched ‘Retain the Game’, a new scheme aimed at supporting the retention of adult male teams. The scheme will provide grants of £750 to clubs with existing male teams, to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, First Aid courses and playing kit/equipment.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Wednesday 30th May at 5pm.
The grant is designed to cover core costs including:

  • Facility hire (match day or training venue)
  • £100 Voucher for Nike Kit/Equipment (including First Aid) – to be redeemed through our bespoke portal
  • First Aid courseThe grant of £750 will be awarded split across two years. The grant instalment will vary depending on the status of the club.

UK Theatres Grant Small Scheme

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.
The deadline is 21st May 2018.

Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities

The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme makes grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.

Eligibility: You can apply if you’re a:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • social enterprise
  • group of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish or community council)
  • community interest companies (with two or more directors).

What For? The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. They support ideas that meet their three funding priorities:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

They are interested in supporting organisations that are:

  • people led – meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity
  • strengths based – making the most of the skills that already exist in communities
  • connected – understanding what other relevant organisations are doing and developing good working relationships.

They can fund:

  • staff salaries
  • project activities
  • running costs
  • small-scale refurbishment
  • equipment
  • organisational development.

What they want to see in a funding application: You developed your idea by involving the people who will benefit. They want to see that you’ve spoken to people and listened to what they have to say. You’ll support what’s already working well. Use your knowledge of the skills and experience people already have and explore how you can build on it.You can test new approaches. They are interested in your original and creative ideas for achieving your mission, and are keen to share what you learn with others.You understand the existing activities and services that do similar work. Have you spoken to other groups? What can you learn from them, and how can you contribute to what they already do? You’re committed to equalities and the environment. They will want to know about your equalities policy and your environmental policy if they are interested in your idea.

How Much? Over £10,000.
More Information: 

Source: Slough CVS E-bulletin, Bruce Wright @ Involve,